Herbicides & Pets


Herbicides are chemicals that are used in the lawn to control weeds. The chemicals in herbicides are often dangerous to animals and humans. It is important to apply herbicides properly and keep pets away to prevent unfortunate tragedies. Following proper disposal and storage guidelines also prevents dangerous chemical-based accidents.


It is important to choose the correct herbicide for the specific weed problem. Herbicides that do not work on the desired weed may kill other landscape plants or may create dangerous runoffs that may harm animals in the area.


It is essential to read the herbicide packaging for the correct application method. Check that area for your pets before spraying. Spray only on days with calm weather, little wind and no rain to prevent drifting. Keep your pets indoors during the spraying process.


Mix herbicides according to the label instructions. Keep your pets safely locked away while mixing to prevent them getting into the chemicals. If there is consumption of the product, contact your local poison control agency immediately for instructions.

After Spraying

Herbicides have different rates of breakdown. Some herbicides may take longer to break down than others. Keep pets out of the spraying area for at least 48 hours to prevent them from eating plants that are sprayed. Check the label of the chemical to determine how long it is active in the area.


Proper storage is also essential to keeping your pets safe. The herbicide is best kept in a non-corrosive container in a locked area. Place the herbicide container on solid flooring such as concrete to prevent leaks into the ground. Lock the area to keep children and pets from entering. Do not store herbicides near any food that the pet may eat.

Keywords: Herbicide safety, Herbicide and pets, Herbicide application

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